Gov. Edwards gives Louisiana residents stern warning ahead of Hurricane Ida

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Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 6:02 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 5:15 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards gave Louisiana residents a grave warning about the impending threat of Hurricane Ida during a news conference Friday, Aug. 27.

The governor says state officials expect Hurricane Ida to make landfall on the state’s southeastern coast as a Category 4 hurricane.

“The storm is ahead of schedule,” Gov. Edwards said quoting one official.

The governor advised Louisiana residents to be “where you need to be” to ride out the storm by late Saturday, Aug. 27.

An official with the National Weather Service warned Hurricane Ida will be “stronger than Hurricane Laura” and will be a “life altering event.”

Gov. Edwards also said he was extending the state’s mask mandate through the month of September. It was originally scheduled to expire on Sept. 1.

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